Director Anna Arrowsmith Wins The Palm Phwoar at the UK SHAFTA Awards
Congratulations to my friend Anna! — MW
I am very proud to announce that I won a Services to the Industry award called the Palm Phwoar at Thursday night’s SHAFTAS [The Soft and Hard Adult Film and Television Awards]. I had originally been up for Best Girl/Girl Series but lost out to Lynsey Dawn McKenzie (who must have loads more fans on social media than me, so I should have seen that coming…) and thought that was that, but then to my, and everyone’s complete surprise they announced a special award just for me!
This is the first time my campaigning on behalf of the porn industry since 2000 has been formally recognized in the industry (apart form an Erotic Award in 2010, which was specifically for standing in the election). I was and am, genuinely chuffed at this award and want to give a big thanks out to Television X who awarded it to me. Also, a big thanks to all who voted for me for the Girl/Girl award even though I didn’t win I appreciate the support.
The awards ceremony was Television X’s coming of age party as it turned 18 years old. It was really fun as there were a lot of faces I had not seen since I worked there in the late nineties and early noughties like producers Shag and Mutt, as well as porn star Rebekka Jordan (who now has a couple of kids and lives what she called a ‘normal life’ on the south coast) as well as old work colleagues like my long-term friend Giles Harding who worked as an editor until he sadly had a car crash and became wheelchair bound 12 years ago. It was great to see him there in amongst the revellers. [Former Spiegler Girl] Angel Long won a few awards, which was great because she was one of the first porn stars I filmed many moons ago and it’s always great to see porn stars’ careers progress.
I was interviewed for the Channel by Tanya Tate, who was very nice and also keen to agree that women in the industry like us choose our jobs over others and are as much professional business owners as women in other industries. US porn megastar Jesse Jane presented an award too, which was a nice surprise. All in all a great night all round in London’s Leicester Square!